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So you’ve scoped out apartments online, research the neighborhoods you may want to live in, and found the dream apartment. What’s next? The next step is to go through the rental application process. It’s the first step to settling into a new home. 37% of renters live in apartments. So there is a good chance you may come up against some competition when finding your new home. Below is our guide on how to successfully complete the rental application from start to end. 1. Fill out the rental application Once you’ve found your dream apartment, contact the leasing office to get a rental application. If you need a co-signer or plan on living with roommates, they will also need to fill out the rental application. Every person planning to move in needs to fill out a separate rental application form. Rental application forms will often be online or can also…

Disclaimer: Our editors research, test, and recommend the best products to our readers. We may receive a small commission on purchases made from our links. Every living room should have a coffee table. Coffee tables offer a surface that can be made decorative or functional. Below we’ll share our top picks for coffee table styles that will fit your living space. #1 Lift Top Coffee Tables Buy on Overstock A lift-top coffee table is great for small spaces that need storage. The lift top can also act as a work or dining surface. We love this table because it’s neutral enough to fit into any decor style and affordable enough that you’ll have money left to splurge on other things. The only gripe we have is that most tables that require assembly may not have hinges that line up correctly. It’s best to take your time when assembling this table…

Your bedroom should be your refuge from a busy bustling day. It should be void of any distractions so that you can fully rejuvenate each evening. The type of bed you choose can really define your space and its overall ambiance and feel. We’ve gathered a list of the best bed styles that you’ll want to consider when designing your next bedroom. Different Bed Sizes Goldilocks quickly realized the different types of beds and tried them all until she found the best one. Here the bed sizes that you’ll typically find in a bedroom. We recommend determining the bed size you want before you start shopping for a bed frame. The available bed size dimensions are below by width and length. Twin/Single Size: 38″ x 75″ Extra-Long Twin Size: 38″ x 80″ Full/Double Size: 54″ x 75″ Queen Size: 60″ x 80″ King Size: 76″ x 80″ California King Size: 72″ x 84″ Types of…

A clean and organized closet is great for many reasons. It streamlines your morning routine, offers you extra space so that you can expand your wardrobe if needed, and you can see everything in your closet and know how to better assemble the perfect outfit combo. If you’re looking to make the most of your closet space, here are our top tips for organizing and maximizing any closet. Start Fresh! A great way to organize and clean your closet is by starting anew! Purge your current closet and curate the closet of your dreams. We recommend going with the Marie Kondo method of organizing. If it does not spark joy, donate or sell it to your favorite charity or even friends and family! Use a spreadsheet, like Google docs, to assemble and organize your new closet. #2 Make a Habit of Keeping the Floors Clear Make a habit of keeping the…

There are so many benefits to having plants in the home. From purifying the air, to making your apartment feel more alive, there are tons of reasons to incorporate plants into your home decor. For many of us, keeping these precious specimens alive can be a challenge, especially when space and natural sunlight are limited, like many small apartments in urban areas. We’ve put together this list of reliable and small-space friendly plants perfect for apartment dwellers. Best Plants for Apartments #1 Pothos – Epipremnum Aureum This leafy green is ideal for adding lively accents higher up in your apartment. They are perfect for hanging baskets or as a climbing plant. Plus their purifying qualities allow them to absorb and strip toxins like formaldehyde often found in common household items like carpet and area rugs. They can survive in a variety of lighting conditions, but please note that low light…

Have a special event with guests coming over or just want to add some pizzaz to your dining table? Here are a few fast and simple you can add table decorations to impress your guests. We’ll show you how to assemble a casual table setting with these simple steps. Transform your table into a beautiful dining display using DIY decorations, creative centerpiece ideas, and some table linens. These tips also work well for decorating your kitchen and other surfaces in your home. Choose a Color Scheme Matching colors are a great way to make a dining table look inviting. Try to match it with a particular season. For example, try orange, red or yellow hues for fall and bright and colorful palettes for spring. We love using pastel colors for Easter. You can match a wide variety of items when decorating a table. Here is a list of things that…

So you’re ready to embark on a journey and find an apartment to live in on your own, with roommates or your partner. Where do you go to find an apartment? Below is a list of places that we highly recommend checking out to find apartment rentals. Where to Find Apartment to Rent Here are some of our favorite places to search for the perfect apartment. Apartment List Apartments.com Apartment Guide Hotpads Lovely Rent.com Rentals.com Rent Jungle Rentometer Trulia Zillow Zumper Facebook Marketplace (search in your area) Local newspaper Craigslist Pennysaver print or online Local university housing listings Apartment Hunting Best Practices Below are some tips to help you determine the best apartment for you. Negotiate your rent costs. Always negotiate rent costs. Never settle for the first apartment you visit. It typically takes the average renter 5-8 walkthroughs before they decide on an apartment that is right for them.…

So your lease is up for renewal! It’s most likely that your landlord or property manager will do what they can to keep you renting their apartment. 61 percent of landlords polled by the real estate website Zillow said they would accept a lower rent payment if there wasn’t much competition for a property. This means there is a good chance for you to negotiate a lower rent cost! There are also many benefits to renewing your lease, such as avoiding the cost and hassle of switching apartments, paying movers, and security deposits. It also makes sense to renew during the pandemic while work from home orders are in effect and no one is really able to travel freely just yet. If for whatever reason you are unable to renew, you can continue to pay rent after your lease is up, but also know that as you transition into a…

Furniture is a huge investment. When shopping in-store or online, you want to be sure that you’re buying products that will last a long time and perform exactly as intended. In-store shopping can provide you with a wealth of knowledge from sales people. It can also offer you the opportunity to test out furniture that may one day end up in your home. It’s also a good idea to test furniture so that you have an idea of what features you like and what you don’t like. Online shopping is a little trickier. You’ll have to sift through reviews, order fabric swatches, and talk to customer service representatives to get a good idea of how something will look and feel in your home. It’s still possible to get exactly what you need now that many companies are offering free shipping and returns. We create a list of the best places…

If you’re like us and have a busy life, it can be hard to keep your apartment 24/7. But, did you know that there are amazing benefits to keeping your home clean and organized? Cleaning doesn’t just maintain the appearance of your apartment, but it can also do wonders for your health and wellness! Here are some reasons why it’s beneficial to keep your home clean and how to do it! Benefits of Having a Clean Home #1 Less Stress Visual clutter can turn into internal clutter. A messy home will subconsciously remind you that while you have a day’s worth of work, the thought of cleaning your home can make you feel exhausted. Another reason is if you have a decluttered home, it will make moving around the home much easier and less stressful. You’ll know exactly where to find your things and coming home will be more relaxing…